Monday, September 8, 2014

The Fat Lady's Weight Loss Challenge--Week 1

I'll admit it.  I'm fat.  Not just a little pudge at the waist, but...obese...

I wasn't always fat.  At a time in my life, I was in shape, able to pass the Missouri State Department of Corrections physical, which included running 1/4 mile, climbing stairs, then going down and finding a ball underneath and placing on top of the stairs, pulling a 150 pound sandbag 18 feet backwards, and so on, and had to do it in a hair over 2 minutes and under 3 minutes.  I worked hard and trained to be able to do it--I was never a runner, but strength I had.

I had gotten to a size 26 and worked out religiously, dieted strictly, and dropped down to a size 14/16.   I built muscle and endurance, and was in the best shape of my life.

Then life got in the way.  Stress.  Depression.  Gluttony.

So here I am, 15 years later, at that same size or a hair larger.  My weight is more than when I started back then.  I've gotten older, developed bad habits, let the sin of gluttony get out of hand.

Today it stops.

Today the gluttony ends.

My goal is to drop 200 pounds.  Yes, that's a lot.  And it will take time.  But it has to start somewhere, with that first step, that is officially today.

Today, my diabetes will get under control.  Today I will be very careful what is consumed.  I will work harder on my housekeeping, as you really can get a good workout just keeping home.  There's other activities to do to get exercise in without having to join a gym.

There is no fancy diet to follow.  Simply controlling portions, limiting sugars (which a diabetic should do anyway), calories, and drinking more water.  Nothing fancy at all.

Today is the day.



It took this picture to get me to the realization I needed to do something.  I'm in the gray coach's shirt, peeling a plantain and learning how to make tostones at my father in law's house.  I didn't realize I'd grown so big, that I'd let myself get to that point.

But now I know.

And now, I can do something about it.

You're welcome to join along with me with weekly updates.  This is week 1 of the journey.  It will be hard at the holidays, with making goodies for family and friends, but with God's help, all things are possible.  He is in control, He's still on the throne, and He can help me get to where He wants me to be.

Thanks for stopping by!


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18 comments:

  1. I pray God gives you victory in this area Angie. I'll join you as I've carried at least 50 extra pounds for years that I pray & try to lose, only to lose a few & gain it all back later. I will pray specifically for self-denial. I've never partnered with anyone so maybe this will help me. Pray for me too, please! I'll check in with you once in awhile. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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    1. It sounds like you have done the yo yo too--those are nice toys but sure hard on the body!

      I've never partnered with anyone either, so this is a new adventure! I'll keep you in prayer too! I'll be honest, I was reluctant to put this post out, but I'm glad I did. :)

      The self-denial is hard, but worth it. It's easy to glean a cookie here or a spoon of that there, but it's not needed. Instead of indulging, I've been praying when the thought occurs, and God is faithful!

      Thank you for stopping in!

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  2. Good for you!!! I am proud of you for making that decision! I'd love to give you some accountability and encouragement! Stop by my FB page if you would like to connect! :-)

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    1. Thank you :)

      I've been following you for a long while, and saw you returned to the blogosphere. :) I follow your blog and am glad to see you again! :)

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  3. I will pray for you! I need to loose at least 30 lbs. myself. I have felt the Lord speaking to me about my hunger being spiritual hunger. Also I feel the urge to drink more water as I fill up on the LIVING water. I love this verse You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you;
    I thirst for you,my whole being longs for you,in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.Because your love is better than life,my lips will glorify you.I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I WILL BE FULLY SATISFIED AS WITH THE RICHEST OF FOODS with singing lips my mouth will praise you..Ps63NIV Usually I use KJV but I like how this used the words "richest foods". God bless. Visit me at somuchathome.blogspot.com and link up your weight loss posts on my link up parties each week.
    God bless.

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  4. That is a great verse to work with! Psalms are an amazing area that really reflects from the heart, cries out to the Lord, and puts into words things that one feels but can't say. Thank you for sharing that!!

    I appreciate your prayers, and will pray for you as well! My own challenge comes from the conviction of gluttony, as it is a sin just as much as any other sin in God's eyes, and is something I have to continually keep in check as I've repented but the temptations are still very much there. By God's grace, the temptations will eventually go away. :) The Living Water is the absolute best, and tap water isn't too bad either. :)

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  5. This is a wonderful goal! I'm in a similar boat (only I'm trying to drop 85-100 . . . not too specific, I'll know when I get there what my healthy and happy weight is). I hope blogging your journey is good accountability! :) Prayers for strength and motivation are coming your way. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers! I'm keeping everyone who has responded in mine, and to God be the glory!

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  6. thank you for this post and I will be praying for you! I would love to join you as I have a good 30 pounds to lose too:( I will definitely be checking back in with you.

    God Bless You,
    Natalie

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words and prayers! Whether it's 30 or 200, weight is never easy to drop off. It's so much easier to pack on!! But, with God, all things are possible, right? :) Lots of hugs!

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  7. I'm happy to see others interested & I will just jot the names on a list & pray for each one. Hebrew3:13 "But encourage one another daily...so that none of you may be hardened by sins' deceitfulness." Honestly, I've battled this so long it's hard to believe I can do it! I get to church 2X weekly, but being at home has isolated me from Christian fellowship. I am thinking our online fellowship is going to be a tool for God to change our lives! I am thankful Angie, that you come right out & confess gluttony. I need to do that too! Specifically, I am praying that we embrace self denial & self control as means from which God will be glorified in our lives & we won't be concerned with "pleasing people" but in living our lives to glorify God. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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    1. Oh wow! I'm very impressed with all who are interested in joining along so far!

      Like you, I don't get out a lot. I go to church Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights (there is a Sunday evening service, but between shuffling kids to their non-custodials and so on on Sunday afternoon/evenings, and then getting 3 special needs kids to sit during a service without picking the pews apart or themselves, it's not in our season yet...but I do miss Sunday evening services). Hubby works a part time job that has him gone a few hours a day, and then there's kids' appointments after school, so there's little time for me to get away and be around others of like mind...or even in the ballpark...one vehicle for all activities leaves someone at home.

      I am hoping this fellowship of sorts is a help to someone out there reading, as we're not alone, there's others of us who have let the sin of gluttony overtake us and get in the way of who God wants us to be. It's hard to confess it, but sure easy for others to see it--it's very hard to hide a lot of extra flesh, where in other sins it is easy to cover and no one would know the difference. Gluttony is right out there in front. What it took for me tho, was seeing my picture out on the 'net. My husband's family came to visit from Florida--they are Cuban-American, and wanted to spend time with Tio and Tia and the primos, and it was a blast having them here! They took pictures of everyone for memories and to share with the family back in Florida on Facebook...which also included pictures of me learning how to make tostones (double fried plantains). I had never seen a picture of me on Facebook before, nor had seen one of me in many years, and had no realization that I had grown that big. At first, I was embarrassed--not about the picture going out on the net--but of the size of me in it. Then, after confessing the sin and asking God to help get it under control, that picture has become a springboard into something that God can use for His glory. Who knew huh?

      I am reminded of what Joseph said in Genesis, how his situation was meant to be bad, but God used it for good. Satan has helped in temptations and made the overeating and fattening foods look so good, so inviting, and the gluttony almost a 'normal' part of life, but God can use what our bodies have become and turn it around to focus on Him and His glory.

      Thank you for your prayers, and thank you to everyone who's coming along for the journey!

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  8. God bless you for putting this out there! I was recently convicted to lose weight in order to please God and not just for myself, as well. How can I tell others of the deliverance in Christ when I am still in bondage to food myself? I want to please Him more than my flesh. It is definitely a battle some days! I have released 10 of the 180 pounds I need to lose altogether. Some days that seems so out of reach, but I know that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength! I found you through the Wise Woman link up, but I will be following you from now on and praying for ya!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping in! I am in awe of how many ladies have stopped in, who share a similar story, just with different details. You are so right, it is a battle some days, but there are good days in there too! That measuring tape helps work wonders when it starts showing results as well as when the scale reads a lower number. It will be worth it all when we are able to present our bodies as a smaller living sacrifice for His good works.

      Thank you so much for your prayers! I'm keeping each and every one who has responded in my prayers as well. With the Lord, we can whoop up on this obesity thing and get where we need to be. To God be the glory!

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  9. I am so excited for you! You are going to feel so much better! Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :) When the holidays come, I would suggest bringing your own healthy desserts so that you can join in (otherwise it might be too tempting)... In fact others might appreciate it too!

    "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." ~ 3 John 1:2

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    1. Thank you very much! You're right on the dessert ideas! Our family so loves the sweets during the holidays, and since I've learned how to make candy, it's on the menu too. And I'm supposed to be making flan and pies and so on. Some things I can use splenda in, some I'll just have to forego and bless someone else with. :) I can't wait until the holidays, with opportunities for more of the yummy creamers, the scents, the cranberries and pumpkin!

      Thank you for stopping in! And for hosting your link up. :)

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  10. God give you strength in this journey!

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    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate your kind words! :)

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